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‘Saw Black Adam flopping, had to come up with something QUICK’: Dwayne Johnson’s Moana Live Action Remake Slammed for Unrealistic Casting Choices

‘Saw Black Adam flopping, had to come up with something QUICK’: Dwayne Johnson’s Moana Live Action Remake Slammed for Unrealistic Casting Choices

Dwayne Johnson is not one to be defeated or defined by the blight of one box office failure – no matter how terrible the fallout may have been. In the run-up to Black Adam, the expected rate of success that was being projected for the DC film failed epically in its execution. In the aftermath, a reversal of fortune was facilitated by the demand for holiday, feel-good, and action-adventure movies, and Johnson managed to combine all of the tropes in his upcoming star-studded ensemble affair, Red One. With a plan of winning back the audience’s favor, The Rock now launches on a warpath to deliver the best cinematic experience possible – for children and adults alike.

Moana (2016)
Moana (2016)

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Dwayne Johnson Announces a Live-Action Moana Movie

Disney is getting back to its roots — this time with a twist. The past decade has been witnessing an uptake in live-action films of some of Disney’s most famous in-house classics. But just as remakes and adaptations increase in frequency, the creative juggernaut also takes the liberty to spin the age-old familiar tales and give them a new tune to bring something more to the already saturated tales from our childhood.

We have witnessed that shift in 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman and 2014’s Maleficent. At the same time, adaptations such as Cinderella (2015), Beauty and the Beast (2017), Aladdin (2019), and Mulan (2020) all aim to bring the fascination, wonder, and nostalgia packed within these famous and timeless stories.

Moana live-action movie in the works at Disney
Moana live-action movie in the works at Disney

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One of the latest characters to be inducted into the ranks of a Disney princess is Moana, the sea-loving Chieftess of a Polynesian island village. In 2019, she officially became the twelfth member of the esteemed and coveted roster, 3 years after her debut in the animated feature film starring Dwayne Johnson (Maui) and Auli’i Cravalho (Moana) as voice actors. Now, both actors are set to return and reprise their roles in Disney’s live-action remake of the 2016 film.

Fans React to Disney’s Live-Action Moana Film

Moana – Dwayne Johnson set to reprise role in live-action film
Dwayne Johnson as Maui in Moana

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The House of Mouse hasn’t been doing so well recently. With the shift in management, the replacement and rehiring of the Bobs, and a dramatic hike in the production of Marvel and Lucasfilm projects via the streamer, Disney is in the middle of taking over the industry. At the same time, however, controversy mars the company with some of its latest endeavors (re: the upcoming live-action Little Mermaid project).

In the midst of all the spectacular drama, Dwayne Johnson utilizes the opportunity to kill two birds with one stone by announcing the live-action Moana movie, although the fans are not too quick to hop onboard the Dwayne train as he comes crashing into 2023 after the mind-numbing humiliation of his 2022 fiasco.

Despite the fact that the film has only recently been announced, backlash already follows close regarding the casting choice. And considering how the film will serve as a remake of the animated feature, the idea of Cravalho, who is currently 22, playing the young Moana doesn’t sit well with the fandom. However, even as fans remain skeptical of Dwayne Johnson’s well-meaning intentions, The Rock trudges on through the fog of cynicism and backlash as he readies himself for the epic line-up of projects in the years to come.

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Written by Diya Majumdar

Having graduated with honors in literature from Miranda House, Diya Majumdar now has more than 1200 published articles on Fandomwire, and her passion and profession both include dissecting the world of cinema. She happens to be a liberally opinionated person with an overbearing love for Monet, Edvard Munch, and Van Gogh, and an obsessive collection of Spotify playlists